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Usability Testing – An Aphasia Perspective

Roper, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-6950-6294, Davey, I., Wilson, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6445-654X , Neate, T., Marshall, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-6589-221X & Grellmann, B. (2018). Usability Testing – An Aphasia Perspective. In: ASSETS '18 Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ASSETS 2018 The 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 22 - 24 October 2018, Galway Ireland. doi: 10.1145/3234695.3241481


This paper reports the experience of participating in usability testing from the perspective of a person with aphasia. We briefly report adaptations to classic usability testing to enable the participation of people with aphasia. These included the use of short, direct tasks and physical artefacts such as picture cards. Authors of the paper include Ian, a user with aphasia who participated in adapted usability testing and Abi, a speech and language therapist researcher who facilitated sessions. Ian reports that these methods allowed him, as a person with aphasia, to engage with the usability testing process. We argue that such adaptations are essential in order to develop technologies which will be accessible to people with aphasia. This collaborative report provides a case for both how and why these adaptations can be made.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © {Roper, A., Davey, I., Wilson, S., Neate, T., Marshall, J. & Grellman, B. | ACM} 2018. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is published in ASSETS 2018 The 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Publisher Keywords: Aphasia; Usability Testing; Accessibility.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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